(CBS) — American servicemen and women are being honored throughout the Chicago area this Memorial Day.
It was perfect weather for Park Ridge’s Memorial Day parade. CBS 2’s Susanna Song reports about a thousand people lined the one mile route in Park Ridge and parade-goers young and old came out with quite the patriotic spirit.
90-year-old Chuck Larson was the Grand Marshal of the Memorial Day parade. He fought in World War II and is a long time resident of Park Ridge.
“It brings back a lot of memories and you miss a lot of your good friends guys who should be here. I am so thrilled because I have got 13 grandchildren,” said Larson.
Families have made this a yearly tradition and Monday they couldn’t have asked for better weather.
Third grader Natalie Jezierny decorated a toy ATV. It was her way of remembering all the service men and women who have sacrificed for this country.
Governor Pat Quinn was among the many folks who walked the parade route.
“It is important to remember all of our veterans, all of those who served our country, worn the uniform of our democracy, and protected our,” said Governor Quinn.
Francis Cardinal George and other clergy are celebrating field Masses on Memorial Day. The Chicago Archdiocese says it’s a way to honor the men and women currently serving in the military and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving their country.
Cardinal George presided over a Mass at Maryhill Cemetery in Niles where he was joined at the altar by more than half a dozen other clergy members. Most of the several thousand people in attendance make it a tradition to be there every last Monday in May.